Crystal Palace are beset with injuries ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s clash with resurgent Arsenal in front of the BT Sport cameras.
Roy Hodgson’s injury list is horrific at the moment, particularly in defence, and is facing the added problem for this game of having midfield enforcer Luka Milivojevic suspended (unless an appeal is upheld).
It’s a lot to cope with for a side who have outscored only Watford this season – they have bagged just 19 goals in 21 games thus far. The Eagles have been reliant on that strong defence but with players dropping like flies, Arsenal’s fluid attack should be able to capitalise.
The Gunners look to be on an upward curve following the appointment of Mikel Arteta. They were convincing winners over Manchester United in their last league game and the new boss showed good tactical acumen to get his men to respond to a poor start against Leeds in the FA Cup on Monday night.
Arsenal are 17/20 to grab the three points which looks fair enough in the circumstances, while those looking to up the price should consider backing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score in an away win at 7/5.
The Gabon striker has netted in three of his last four away games (four goals in total) and has spoken in glowing terms about Arteta’s methods.
He appears to be enjoying his football right now and that feeling should be very much in him when he sees the below-strength defence he’ll face in this contest.
Arsenal to win – 17/20 with 888sport
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